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Kingston University academic Dr Nick Freestone named Society of Biology's Higher Education Bioscience Teacher of the Year
Posted Tuesday 15 April 2014
A Kingston University academic has been named the Society of Biology's Higher Education Bioscience Teacher of the Year. Dr Nick Freestone received the award at a ceremony at the 2014 Heads of University Biosciences (HUBS) spring meeting in Buckinghamshire.
A physiology and pharmacology specialist, Dr Freestone was one of three candidates vying for the honour. The judges were particularly impressed with his commitment to placing students at the heart of teaching and providing them with high quality feedback.
Dr Freestone said he was humbled to have been chosen as the recipient of this year's accolade. "I'd like to express my unreserved admiration for the efforts of the other finalists and every other bioscience practitioner in the United Kingdom," he added. "I hope the award will act as a spur to improve my practice for the benefit of my students, both now and in the future."
As an associate professor and course director for undergraduate pharmaceutical science, Dr Freestone uses a range of approaches to support student diversity - from widening participation right through to stretching those who emerge as his most able students. As the subject area leader for physiology and pharmacology, he also plays a significant role in maintaining links between Kingston University and St George's, University of London.
Dr Freestone was last year named Kingston University's most engaging lecturer. This year, he has been made a senior fellow and academic associate of the Higher Education Academy.
Dr Freestone received the Ed Wood Memorial Prize of £1,000, one year's subscription to an Oxford University Press journal of his choice and a year's free membership to the Society of Biology in recognition of his teacher of the year success. He was also awarded a one year licence by Labster, one of the sponsors of the HUBS spring meeting.
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Kingston University produces more graduate start-up companies than any other higher education institution in United Kingdom for fifth year running
Posted Thursday 10 April 2014
Kingston University has topped the tables for graduate start-ups for the fifth year running, according to data released by the Higher Education Statistics Agency.
The University's entrepreneurial expertise has seen off competition from 150 higher education institutions across the United Kingdom, after it helped its business-minded alumni get 270 companies off the ground in 2012/13 – up from 201 the previous year. The Higher Education Business and Community Interaction Survey 2012/13 also shows Kingston University has generated more start-up companies than all of the nine higher education institutions in Wales combined....
Community welcomes plans to transform Kingston University's Penrhyn Road campus with new landmark building
Posted Wednesday 26 March 2014
The local community, as well as staff and students at Kingston University, have welcomed a proposed new £55m landmark building in the town.
The University plans to replace the current Town House building on Penrhyn Road, which was built in the mid-1980s originally as a temporary, five-year measure, with a new, sustainable building and also turn the front of the Penrhyn Road campus into an attractive, landscaped area. Some 275 people attended a public exhibition at the end of January which outlined initial design plans for the re-development of the site that is on a key gateway to the town centre. This area has also been identified in Kingston Council's Area Action plan as befitting a landmark building....
Environmental hazards and disaster management expert shares experience of working on frontline of Surrey flood response with his Kingston University students
Posted Friday 21 March 2014
Environmental hazards and disaster management students from Kingston University have been getting a first-hand insight into the challenges of co-ordinating some of the emergency response efforts following the flooding in Chertsey earlier this year.
One of their lecturers, Dr Ian Greatbatch from the University's School of Geography, Geology and the Environment, is also Surrey Search and Rescue Service's head of flood and technical rescue, so when the River Thames burst its banks after weeks of heavy rainfall the authorities looked to him for help. "There's a gold, silver and bronze level national command structure, with gold being high-ranking individuals from frontline organisations such as the police and fire service and silver one level down - giving tactical advice on how to deploy any resources needed. That's where I came in, being put in charge of the Association of Lowland Search and Rescue," Dr Greatbatch explained. "I had a number of teams from across the country at my disposal which I was able to put into the water so I was organising where they were deployed and making sure they did the job as effectively as possible."...
Kingston University's careers and employability team scoops top award for preparing students for world of work
Posted Wednesday 19 March 2014
Kingston University's 'inspiring' drive to improve students' employment prospects after graduating has been recognised with a top award.
The University's careers and employability team, known as KU Talent, has been awarded Best Preparation for Work Strategy at the Association of Graduate Recruiters Development Awards....
Students, staff and borough residents join forces in biodiversity volunteer project to transform Hogsmill River banks
Posted Friday 14 March 2014
Kingston University students, staff and local residents are joining forces to help transform the banks of the Hogsmill River next to the University's Knights Park campus.
More than 20 hard-working volunteers have already spent two days putting timber stakes into the river bed to start deflecting the river's flow. In its largest biodiversity volunteer project to date, the University is working with the South East Rivers Trust and The Environment Agency to maximise the ecological potential of this stretch of the river....
Former Culture Minister Hadia Tajik receives honorary degree from Kingston University recognising outstanding contribution to Norwegian politics
Posted Friday 14 March 2014
"If you'd asked me a decade ago if I could imagine being a government minister, I would have probably just laughed. Someone had to be the groundbreaker - but I never thought it would be me."
So said the former Norwegian Minister for Culture and Kingston graduate Hadia Tajik as she received an honorary doctorate from the University in a ceremony held at the British Ambassador's residence in Oslo. Ms Tajik's degree presentation, in recognition of her outstanding contribution to Norwegian politics, was the high point of an event celebrating the successes of more than 100 Kingston graduates based in Norway....
Posted Friday 7 March 2014
Two Kingston University students have joined the cast in the new series of Channel 4's hit show Gogglebox, a reality show that ventures into people's houses and captures their reactions to the week's television. Joe Teulon, 19, and Josh Townsend,20, will appear on the new series from Friday 7 March.
"I didn't realise how many people watch Gogglebox," Joe said. "I discovered it by chance, I had no idea how big it is." Explaining how he and Josh will be represented on prime time TV Joe said: "Sometimes we come across as typical uni students and sometimes we are really, really, really geeky about things; sat in my room wearing comic book t-shirts surrounded by Spiderman posters on my wall."...